Microsoft bringing Zune services to Europe, more

By on September 20, 2010, 8:37 PM
Weeks ahead of the European Windows Phone 7 launch, Microsoft has announced that its Zune digital entertainment platform will soon be available to more regions. Version 4.7 of the Zune software will be available in more than 20 countries, but Microsoft's various services will be limited to far less.

The Zune Pass music subscription service will arrive in the UK, France, Italy, and Spain with unlimited downloads and streaming for 8.99 / 9.99 per month. However, unlike the $14.99 US offering, EU users won't be able to keep 10 DRM-free songs per month -- meaning that if you cancel your subscription, you lose access to the music.

Customers in the above noted regions (as well as Germany) will be able to buy music, while video purchases will extend to Canada, Australia and New Zealand with playback support on your PC, Xbox Live, and Windows Phone 7 devices. Even more nations will have video rentals. Redmond names Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Mexico in addition to the others.

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Anshrew said:

Any news on them bringing the Zune HD to Canada?

KG363 KG363 said:

Or a Zune HD 2? I still have the original Zune and the Zune 80. I need them to break!!!

Guest said:

Or.... you could use torrents...

DokkRokken said:

Shame Zune Pass didn't make it to the Great White North though. Total bummer.

Dear America: Please invade Canada so we can have the Zune Pass.

Timonius Timonius said:

What ?!? Going to Europe but they can't even extend their marketing and services to Canada?!? How backwards is that? Oh, sorry we can buy videos now!?! Whoopee!!! How about giving it an agressive marketing campaign and start selling the Zune HD's and including the Zune Pass? Take notice at the marketing and advertising that Apple has had over the last decade. Now those buyers are fanatics.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Surely this means we should be able to buy the Zune HD in England? or are we litterally just getting the Pass Service?

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

I'm a little curious what they mean about extending the zune marketplace to canada. The zune marketplace has been available on xbox live for the last year, just with very little content. Doe this mean they are going to expand the content?

Chazz said:

burty117 said:

Surely this means we should be able to buy the Zune HD in England? or are we litterally just getting the Pass Service?

It seems they are talking about just the service, and the medium being Xbox 360(live and kinect) and the upcoming windows phones, which can kinda be seen as ZUNE HD players, with the ability to make phone calls and other cool things. Sorta like the ipod touch and iphone.

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